Book Review: The Power of Now

Note: This book review is by no means a fully accurate encapsulation of how genuinely profound and insanely valuable the messages in this book are. The only way to fully understand is to carefully read this book several times over.

 

What is this book about?

This book, written by Eckhart Tolle, is a guide to spiritual enlightenment. The overarching theme of this book is undoubtedly to help readers understand that the present moment is all we have. The word ‘now’ is a constant in this novel; Tolle encourages readers to let go of the past and to stop fantasizing about the future. By doing so, readers can reach enlightenment and actively dissolve themselves of the problems and pain that take hold of human consciousness.

A complex concept that this book tackles is the egotistic mind. Rather than allowing ourselves to be controlled by our minds, the Power of Now reinforces the idea that we can take hold of our consciousness and thus live more fulfilled lives.

 

Who should read this book?

This book is for anyone. More specifically, this book is for anyone who is interested in becoming more mindful and self-aware. This book is also for anyone who is willing to face harsh truths.

 

 

What can I expect from this book?

As a reader, especially for this particular book, setting expectations is not the best idea. In fact, The Power of Now challenges readers’ instinctual urges to set expectations and live in any moment besides the present.

 

How long will it take me to read this book?

As long as it takes for the message to truly sink in. I am currently reading this book for the second time, but at this point in my life I am aware that it will take more than two reads through for me to fully accept and practice the book’s ideologies in my everyday life.

 

What is the purpose of this book?

This book helps you find your purpose.

 

In what ways will reading this book improve my life?

The Power of Now primarily tackles issues of the self. Improving relationships with others and time as an illusion of the mind are other areas of interest for spiritual enlightenment as well.

 

Will this book change my life?

Only if you let it.